Scotland's Economic Performance


About the Inquiry

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is holding an inquiry into Scotland's economic performance: trends, challenges and future developments. The inquiry will focus on the following areas:

  • GDP growth and productivity
  • Inequality and labour market issues
  • Inclusive growth

The remit for the inquiry is:

To examine Scotland's economic performance since 2007 and understand the reasons for recent trends and divergences in performance between Scotland and the UK as a whole, other regions/nations in the UK, and other countries in the EU. The inquiry will also identify challenges and opportunities facing the Scottish economy over the next ten years and understand what action is required to make Scotland's economy more inclusive, innovative and international.


 The inquiry call for views closed on 13 November 2017 (more information below).

So far, evidence sessions have been held on:

  • 21 November 2017
  • 16 January 2018
  • 23 January 2018
  • 30 January 2018
  • 6 February 2018
  • 27 February 2018


The Committee issued its call for views on 21 September 2017. The closing date for submissions was 13 November 2017. 

Enterprise Agencies Case Studies


21 November 2017

At its meeting on 21 November, the Committee held its introductory evidence session. The Committee took evidence from:

  • Professor Julia Darby, Head of Department, University of Srathclyde
  • Richard Marsh, Director, 4-Consulting
  • Professor Catia Montagna, Chair of Economics, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Tanya Wilson, Early Career Fello, University of Stirling
  • Dr Alexandros Zangelidis. Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

16 January 2018

The Committee took evidence on inclusive growth:

  • Craig Dalzell, Head of Research, Common Weal
  • Michael Jacobs, Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, Institute for Public Policy Research
  • John McLaren, Scottish Trends
  • Ryan McQuigg, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Oxfam Scotland

23 January 2018

The Committee took evidence from the Scottish Fiscal Commission:

  • John Ireland, Chief Executive
  • Mairi Spowage, Deputy Chief Executive
  • David Wilson, Commissioner
  • David Stone, Head of Economy and Income Tax Forecasting, SFC

30 January 2018

The Committee's focus was on entrepreneurship:

  • Jackie Brierton, Vice-Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland and CEO GrowBiz
  • Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive, Entrepreneurial Scotland
  • Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital
  • Dr Suzanne Mawson, Lecturer, Management Work and Organisation, University of Stirling

6 February 2018

The Committee took evidence from businesses:

  • Leah Hutcheon, Founder and CEO, Appointedd
  • Karen Pickering, Chair of the Board, Page/Park Architects
  • Paddy Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Aubin Group
  • Alison Grieve, CEO and Inventor, G-Hold
  • Sara Roberts, Founder, CEO, Healthy Nibbles
  • Professor Gary McEwan, Chief Executive, Elevator
  • Vicky Brock, Founder, Clear Returns
  • Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, The Wise Group
  • Jonny Kinross, Chief Executive, Grassmarket Community Project

27 February 2018

The Committee's focus was on the enterprise and skills agencies:

  • Nora Senior, Chair, Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills
  • Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Strategy and Sectors, Scottish Enterprise
  • David Oxley, Director of Business and Sector Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Sarah Deas, Head of Inclusive Models, Scottish Enterprise
  • Gordon McGuinness, Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks, Skills Development Scotland
  • Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

6 March 2018

The Committee took evidence on innovation:

  • Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland
  • Sandy Finlayson, Chair, Converge Challenge
  • Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal, Robert Gordon University

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